Independent choreographers and dancers have much more complicated life because they need a lot of appropriate space. A musician needs only the instrument, the writer needs only the pen, but a dancer cannot work without free space and appropriate floor. The Centre for choreographic development SE.S.TA provides such space within its all-year-round residential programme.

SE.S.TA selects approximately ten projects every year which are provided for a week or individually agreed period of time the premises in the chateau Žďár nad Sázavou where they have accommodation, enough space for dancing and last but not least also many opportunities to relax.
Each year various artists come to the chateau from all around the world, not only from the Czech Republic. Besides European artists we have hosted already dancers and choreographers from Ghana and Ivory Coast.
A necessity for providing the residence is conclusive Work in Progress – presenting work to local audience – thus SE.S.TA gets back to its educational work with the audience. Sometimes the visitors can see a performance in progress, other days children of local schools participate in a workshop, as was the case with dancers and musicians from Ghana who taught the children traditional African dances.
For more detailed information please contact production department of SE.S.TA. The plan of Work in Progress in Žďár nad Sázavou can be found in Events programme and we update our Facebook page regularly.


Green Streets of Europe

1. 12. 2023 Estate Žďár nad Sázavou

Green Streets of Europe is a transformative residency project addressing environmental challenges within the performing arts sector. In 2023- 2025, four European festivals for performing arts in public spaces will collaborate with artists to explore and co-develop more sustainable formats for international touring and festival programming. The festivals are Imaginarius, located in Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal, KoresponDance, located in Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic, Špancirfest, located in Varaždin, Croatia and PASSAGE Festival, located in Helsingør, Denmark. Each partner is situated "off-center" from the larger cities in their countries, have local anchoring as a key element in their festival DNA, and all focus on public space performances



The program offers artists diferent spaces  and time for research and performance preparation in the Žďár nad Sázavou Estate, region Vysočina. Residencies 2023 are held in five Clusters - creative residencies for 2-3 groups of artists at the same time.


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